‘I was the most beautiful thing in your life . . . And you didn’t know it.’
An old man, his life coming to a close, declares: Men should not have daughters. A woman, refusing to deal with his ghost, makes her ‘dark pilgrimage’ to his door. There they argue the language of love and loss and reply the battle between them, the ‘ancient eternal’ blood bond of parent and child.
With its resonance of King Lear Marina Carr’s tense, impassioned drama uncoils a torrent of confessions, accusations, contritions and blame, as her garrulous protagonists compete, if not for the grail of reconciliation, for the consolation of understanding. The Cordelia Dream, a Royal Shakespeare Company commission, lays out another urgent installment of this unflinching playwright’s exploration of families, their needs, their shortcomings and of the darkness in the human heart.